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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 16:39

Land protected at Sandy Mush

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A recent purchase of 149 acres by the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy has added to a contiguous block of protected lands surrounding the Sandy Mush community in western Buncombe County.

The 149-acre North Turkey Creek tract in the Newfound Mountains is surrounded on two sides by land that SAHC protected between 1995 and 2011 and contains some high elevation areas, with a maximum elevation of 4,300 feet. Streams originating from the property’s upper slopes flow into North Turkey Creek, a main stem of Turkey Creek.

A gift from Brad and Shelli Stanback made the acquisition possible. SAHC plans to own the land long-term as a nature preserve.

SAHC is an Asheville-based land trust that has protected more than 71,000 acres of land in Tennessee and North Carolina since 1974.

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